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The winners of the 2019 Northern Leadership Awards
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Register is today launching the 2020 Northern Leadership Awards, supported by CMS.

The awards celebrate the people and organisations across the North who are role models for their teams and raise the bar for their competitors.

In a year that has seen the country face the coronavirus crisis, business leaders have had to find a way to deal with the seismic economic impact of this health crisis.

There has been plenty of focus on those business leaders who did not make the right choices. These awards will recognise those individuals who did get it right – who showed the qualities of resilience, innovation, strong communication while living the values they had talked about when things were going well.

Entries are now open and we would encourage you to nominate the individuals which you have seen show outstanding leadership – details of how to enter are below.

Mark Haywood

Mark Haywood from CMS said: “Effective leadership is always a challenge; that challenge is magnified during times of crisis and difficult business conditions such as we are living through now.

“However, the North of England has always been known for being robust, pragmatic and innovative and these qualities will help business leaders overcome any challenge, no matter how difficult.

“CMS is proud to support the Northern Leadership Awards again; we look forward to reviewing the submissions and we wish all those who enter the very best of luck.”

The winners will be revealed at an awards dinner in October which will be a celebration of the positive and transformational impact great leaders are having in our region here and now.

Lee-J Walker, joint managing director of, said: “Business leaders across the North have shown determination and inspiration in equal measure as they have sought to navigate a way through this difficult period. The very best are achieving that while also doing what they can to ensure everyone – their teams, their customers, their suppliers and their communities – can get through this as well.

“We want the 2020 awards to celebrate these individuals, who are having such an important impact across the North.”

The 2020 Northern Leadership Awards will take place at Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Thursday, October 22.

Northern Leadership Awards 2019


Award Categories

• Young leader (under 35)

• Public and third sector leader

• Emerging entrepreneur leader

• Empowering potential leader

• Diversity and inclusion leader

• Professional services leader

• Transformational leaders

• Company leader (up to 100 employees)

• Company leader (100+ employees)

• Best leadership programme

• City Region leaders
– Liverpool
– Greater Manchester
– Leeds
– Sheffield

• Overall leader – chosen from the award winners

How to enter

To find out more about the award categories, please read the Northern Leadership Awards 2020 entry information.

To enter, complete the Northern Leadership Awards 2020 entry form and email it to

The entry deadline is Friday, July 3, 2020.